The North Island is New Zealand’s most densely-populated island, much of which is concentrated in Wellington and Auckland. Located at either end of the island, these two cities are polar opposites – Auckland is slick, sophisticated urbanism, while Wellington’s more casual vibe is reflected in its slow-paced natural attractions. Rotorua’s geothermal hot pools are also a major tourist draw, while beautiful coastal towns like Napier and Tauranga are well worth visiting.

Rotorua

A hotbed of geothermal activity, Rotorua is famous for its seething mud pools, hot springs and picturesque scenery, which attract visitors from around the globe....